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1 January 1970, KO 01:00

 

7 September 2012, 11:59am

250 up for Mears

Bath Rugby hooker Lee Mears will make his 250th appearance for the Club against London Wasps tomorrow at the Recreation Ground, kick-off 14.15, for their first home game of the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership season.

Mears, who has played all his club rugby with the West Country side, has 42 caps for England and toured with the British and Irish Lions in 2009. He retired from international rugby this summer.

He will scrum down alongside Nathan Catt and David Wilson, with Stuart Hooper and Dominic Day continuing their second row partnership. Simon Taylor returns from injury and replaces Francois Louw, who is on international duty with South Africa. Taylor comes in on the blindside, with Carl Fearns switching to openside and Ben Skirving starting at number 8.

Olly Barkley is named once more at fly-half, alongside half-back partner Michael Claassens.

There are no changes to the backline that faced Worcester last weekend, with Tom Biggs and Kyle Eastmond out wide on the wings, Matt Banahan and Dan Hipkiss combining in the centres and Nick Abendanon at fullback.

Head Coach, Gary Gold, said; "To make 250 appearances for a club is a great achievement in professional rugby, and it's a testament both to Lee's ability and his attitude as a player that he has reached it, as well as appearing for his country and the Lions.

"Whilst we were pleased with the eventual result at Sixways last weekend, we were very frustrated to not perform the way we know we can and have in pre-season.

"Dai Young has done some excellent work at Wasps, and they will be looking to bounce straight back from the result against Quins. They outplayed the champions for large periods of the game, so we know they with challenge us all over the park, and it is a challenge we must rise to."

Tickets are still available for the game against London Wasps on Saturday, kick off 14:15, call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865 to secure your place today.

Bath Rugby team to face London Wasps

15. Nick Abendanon

14. Kyle Eastmond

13. Dan Hipkiss

12. Matt Banahan

11. Tom Biggs

10. Olly Barkley

9. Michael Claassens

1. Nathan Catt

2. Lee Mears

3. David Wilson

4. Stuart Hooper (c)

5. Dominic Day

6. Simon Taylor

7. Carl Fearns

8. Ben Skirving

Replacements

16. Ross Batty

17. Paul James

18. Kane Palma-Newport

19. Dave Attwood

20. Josh Ovens

21. Mark McMillan

22. Ollie Devoto

23. Jack Cuthbert

Overview

1 January 1970
Ground open: 12.15
Kickoff: 01:00

Lineups

Lineups for this match are not available.

Bath dangermen

Tries Matthew Banahan 9
Points George Ford 336
Conversions George Ford 52
Minutes George Ford 2089